On Friday Vladimir Putin signed a decree in the Kremlin making the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine formally part of the Russian Federation.
The Kremlin warned that any attack on any parts of the newly annexed regions will instanlty be considered as an act of aggression against Russia itself.
On Friday afternoon Putin delivered a deranged speech at the Kremlin and has given yet another warning of a nuclear attack, the former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said.
Kasyanov told Sky News that Putin’s speech was a “strange historical lecture with manipulation of facts.”
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He noted that the Russian president promised that he will defend the new Russian Federation sovereign territories with “all means” required, which is a further threat to use nuclear weapons.
Kasynov said, “I don’t think he’ll use [them] but the threat should be taken seriously and [the West must] be prepared.”
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that any region which is annexed by Moscow will come “under full protection,” meaning an attack on those areas is an attack on Russian soil.
Lavrov said, “All of the laws, doctrines, concepts and strategies of the Russian Federation apply to all of its territory,” referring specifically to the doctrine on the use of nuclear weapons.
In an address to the nation on 21 September, Putin gave a chilling warning, “If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and in protecting our people we will certainly use all means to us – and I’m not bluffing.
“Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tables can turn on them.”
He continued, “Citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia and other areas free from the Nazi regime.
“We will be talking about the steps of protecting our sovereignty, support of the will and desire of our citizens to decide their will themselves.”